Another wet basement

Old 02-24-04, 05:36 PM
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Another wet basement

I have a continuing water problem in my basement. During medium rains, I get a little wet around the edges. During heavy continuing rains, I get a lot of water everywhere, even through a couple spots in the floor in the middle of the basement. I get some back-up through the floor drain too. There is no drain tile around the house that I know of. I have extended all my rain downspouts at least ten feet away from the house and the yard slopes fairly well away from the house. My idea is to inatall a sump pit and pump at the lowest spot next to my only floor drain. There is a spot there that looks like it used to be a sump pit. I want to dig this out and put gravel in the hole and around the sump basket to collect water from under the house and basement floor. I can then pump this water out away from the house. Does this sound reasonable and doable? Any advice? Thanks!
Old 02-25-04, 03:56 AM
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Yes, that is what you need to do. It is done everyday. Get a good sump pump, not a cheap one. Also, you should know that sump pumps do not run forever. I have one in a water area, and I have to replace it about every 6 months. Just part of life. Good Luck
Old 03-07-04, 04:24 PM
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Certainly a good idea!

Zoeller makes a great sump pump. The one we use pumps 2650 gallons per hour, and up to 1/2 inch solids.

If water is coming in through multiple areas, you'll need a way to get teh water to the sump pit. The cheapest is to suck it up with a wet vac and dump it in the pit . If you want to keep the basement dry, installing a piping system to lead to the sump is the best idea.

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